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Ponto Lago - Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA

Ponto Lago - Park Hyatt Aviara

4.6
4.6
974 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Immerse yourself into a refined modern setting featuring Baja-inspired cuisine and specialty cocktails composed of mezcal and tequila. Enjoy a show kitchen allowing you to get an inside look behind the scenes bringing Chef's creations to center stage. Locally sourced cuisine with a coastal flair is the cornerstone of this fine dining Baja-inspired experience.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 603-6999
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Pierre Albaladejo
  • Private party facilities
    Ponto Lago offers two spacious private dining rooms, perfect for an intimate family gathering or an exclusive corporate event. One dining room seats up to 14 guests and another up to 24 guests. Both rooms offer nature-inspired décor and gorgeous natural lighting to take in Carlsbad’s finest sunsets.
  • Private party contact
    Beth Almario: (760) 603-6909
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Cross street
    Aviara Parkway
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking with Validation
  • Entertainment
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Baja Brunch at Ponto Lago

    $68.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    A special brunch buffet experience based around coastal cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. Enjoy an ambiance of live music from talented guitarists as you dine. Featuring various rotating menu items such as concha french toast, chilaquiles, machaca, wood fire asado (South American mix grill), fresh churros, margarita flights, 'build your own' Baja Bloody Mary, an extensive selection of tequilas and mezcals and even more. When: Every Sunday, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
    Baja Brunch at Ponto Lago Photo
  • Chef's Corner at Ponto Lago

    $185.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience this one-of-a-kind culinary offering crafted with an exquisite array of seasonal flavors and delicacies. Indulge in a specialty menu curated by the Chef as he details each course to you upon presentation at the table. Delight your senses and discover unforgettable flavors during your own exclusive private dining experience at Chef's Corner. $185 per person, Sunday - Thursday $225 per person, Friday & Saturday Tequila Pairing starting at $50 per person | Wine Pairing starting at $60 per person *Pricing excludes tax and service charge. Only children ages 12+ allowed.
    Chef's Corner at Ponto Lago Photo

Offers

  • Tequila and Agave Tasting Experience at Ponto Lago

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Take flight through Baja and explore over 50 different tequila and mezcal selections. Indulge in a sweet, floral-inspired agave from the Highlands of Jalisco or savor in the spicy, earthy and herbaceous flavors produced in the Lowlands. Experience a journey of various tequila and mezcal selections of your choice when you reserve. Enjoy daily at 5:30pm located at the Ponto Lago Crudo Bar. Inquire Today: Call (760) 603-6999

    Tequila and Agave Tasting Experience at Ponto Lago Photo

What 974 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Great for brunch

  • North San Diego

    Good for groups

  • North San Diego

    Californian

974 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Practically empty. Took almost 25 minutes to get a drink after we ordered. Churros were dried out.

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  2. KarenE

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fabulous. I recommend the smoked tenderloin appetizer, the paella, and the Branzino for two. The dessert menu looked great but we were full. Service was excellent

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  3. gRAMMY

    San Diego

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu , great food, great service. Will return frequently. Wonderful evening to celebrate our anniversary.

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  4. local

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very poor service really tainted our overall experience. Food was good and unusual but not inspired; combining novel flavors in the hopes of being creative doesn’t always work. And in this case the experience was both overrated and overpriced.

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  5. John

    San Diego

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The indoor dining room is nice. But it gets noisier as families arrive with children. Eating outside on the balcony is much quieter and great when the weather is cooperating.

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  6. HappyMe

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with great service and delicious food.

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  7. RebeccaM

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful treat to dine at Ponto Lago! The food is flavorful and delicious, and you can tell there is love, care and expertise that goes into each dish. Our servers Alejandro and Allie were excellent--warm and attentive. It's a beautiful space and the vibe is relaxed elegance. Highly recommend!

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  8. GaryS

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service (Alejandro and Saeed) were amazing! We had swordfish, paella, and ribeye. Don’t miss out on the ceviche trio and incredible oysters from British Columbia!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a great meal and service. Drinks from the bar were a little delayed but again overall it was great. Wish they would have opened up the curtains to enjoy the view better but understand the curtains block the sun in faces of other diners.

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  10. Gino

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful dinner experience last night for myself and 3 friends, Jacob, Jesse and staff were most accomodating, all the food choices were delicious Scallops, Iberico pork,Paella, mushrooms were among the top choices, but again all were Great ! Can't go wrong at this place, we all can't wait to go return Thx again to Jacob for making it a Great experience Gino

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  11. TKE1856

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Very casual spot, Managers are dressed in street clothes. Severs have uniforms so it was confusing. Most guest are dressed super casual so not a fancy spot. Too many kids running around making a lot of noise. Feels like a Disney resort. Food was good, not great, but good. Had to wait to see the waiter at the end.

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  12. LizR

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We opted for the Chef’s Corner experience and absolutely enjoyed it!!! Would highly recommend- the food was amazing!

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  13. JaniceS

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu is quite creative. All of the dishes we had were fabulous including chicken, filet mignon, sautéed mushrooms and churros with chocolate. Service is great. Restaurant is also used for breakfast so ambiance is nice but not terribly upscale in appearance

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  14. JeffreyK

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was fine except that the Brussels sprouts were undercooked. We had a 7:30 reservation and we were surprised to hear a baby crying in the next table over more than once. Frankly this is quite RUDE!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Churros were the best thing on the menu. Everything else was ok, but not outstanding. It was quite pricey. There was a large party that had children that were Running and screaming. They had their own room but it was still very loud and distracting. Server was very nice.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chef’s Corner was amazing. The service, the food, and the marvelous seating was great. I will always remember this night.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was impeccable. Entire staff was top notch. Norma was an absolute delight . Our dinners were outstanding . Our branzino and filet were beautifully prepared . Open concept kitchen brought a beautiful drama to the stately dining room without any distracting noise . Beautiful property . We look forward to our next visit

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most incredible experience dining at Ponto Lago with Norma and Allie! They were just wonderful and truly created the most exceptional experience for us! I am so excited to come back and dine again soon!

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  19. MarshaK

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & cocktails, great service, nice ambiance. We will definitely be back!

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  20. douglass

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff, Excellent food and drink, Kitchen within view as foods are prepared

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  21. JeffreyK

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My girlfriend and I always enjoy the octopus, and this time we shared the Branzino which is a delicious rendition of this fresh water fish. The sweat potatoes are an excellent side dish to round off the main course.

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  22. DanW

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Limited menu and good service, but noise level was very loud due to young children running around unsupervised. Food was very good

    1 person found this helpful

  23. Nettie

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was amazing. Went for Sunday brunch and they did not disappoint. Highly recommended .

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  24. BZgal

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lobster taco, guacamole, catch of the day (swordfish), ceviche, veg sides, churros- all with their signature Baja/ California slant. Great service and beautiful view and tasty but pricey cocktails.

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  25. JanJan

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and staff are friendly. That place is amazing and it’s the best place to celebrate special occasions.

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  26. Vail77

    Los Angeles

    527 reviews

    5.0

    527 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friendly hostess who honored our request, great service from the waitress, good drinks and goodfood. Thank you.

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  27. SheilaK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious! Compliments to the chef, unique dishes with favored ingredients

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  28. packerfan

    West Palm Beach

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Poor service undercooked food ..server never checked back to see how the food was or refilled drink.Didnt seem to care

    1 person found this helpful

  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything in the restaurant was top notch, service, drinks, food, atmosphere! Amazing, will definitely come back

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went on Sunday for the Baja brunch.There was a great selection of food in case you have any picky eaters or folks with diet restrictions. I tend to eat on the real whole food side & had nuts,various cheeses,fresh melons,fresh berries,sliced meats,tri tip,sausage and shrimp w/ cocktail sauce. There was also salmon,paella,eggs,pork loin,potato’s au gratin,ceviche & more. I had to save room for a fresh crispy buttery croissant & homemade churro. The cherry on top was the staff! They were all helpful,delightful and pleasant,that may be weird to say but unfortunately I have found that has become rare these days.

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  31. Vail77

    Los Angeles

    527 reviews

    4.0

    527 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, friendly hostess, good food and nice ambiance…

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  32. Vail77

    Los Angeles

    527 reviews

    4.0

    527 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friendly hostess, good service, ambiance and the dishes were tasty. My only complaint was minimal choices on the menu but all in all it was good.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice secluded table in corner and that was good and “bad”. Liked the ambiance, however out of the way enough to seem overlooked at times. The seafood paella had the coveted socarrat, the crispy rice bottom layer. It is unusual to get that in U.S. paellas since most think the paella is overcooked or burned. This one had it which added a delicious complexity to the dish.

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  34. Feri

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Sunday brunch which was excellent! They had a spread of cold items, salads, fresh fruits, and seafood... all delicious! The warm food was nice as well, though I did not love their paella. The best was their deserts.... the pastry chefs killed it! Probably the best Churros I have ever had! The service was excellent, and they had live music with a guitar player. The dining room is light and nicely decorated. The hotel grounds are very beautiful to take a walk around after eating.

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  35. JeffreyK

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great time with Friends from Wisconsin. Everything was perfect from the Arepas and the grilled Scallops and Octopus through the sides of mushrooms and sweet potatoes. Although we were very full we opted for the Churros as a shared de desert for the 5 of us!

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  36. Kianoosh

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Not welcome from restaurant front desk for check in and out.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food quality was mix. Fish was bland and no taste. The Paella was excellent. Somehow the quality of taste has degraded as I have been there many times. This time I took my kids for my birthday and hype it up and all were disappointed. At the end of dinner, kids wanted to go eat at TJ Tacos for some adobadas.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. Onlygoodfoodforme

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nothing to write home about. Food should be much better. On service they get an “a”except when I asked for lemons and I saw the front of the house gentleman go from one kitchen, grab lemons in his bare hands and carry it in his fist to the open kitchen area put it in a plate and give it to me. Gross! If you are going to have an open kitchen then be clean. Breakfast is an A+

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  39. JoshJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner at Ponto Lago was exceptional. From beginning to end, it was an absolute treat. Specifically, Alejandro was very knowledgeable and a fantastic host. We are certainly looking forward to returning!

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  40. chainupthesun

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I came on our first date night after having our daughter and we were treated like celebrities! The food is unreal and the service is even better. We are so appreciative of the love and attention!

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FAQs

Ponto Lago - Park Hyatt Aviara is rated 4.6 stars by 974 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ponto Lago - Park Hyatt Aviara

7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Aviara Parkway
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking with Validation
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Pierre Albaladejo
  • Entertainment
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 603-6999
  • Private party facilities
    Ponto Lago offers two spacious private dining rooms, perfect for an intimate family gathering or an exclusive corporate event. One dining room seats up to 14 guests and another up to 24 guests. Both rooms offer nature-inspired décor and gorgeous natural lighting to take in Carlsbad’s finest sunsets.
  • Private party contact
    Beth Almario: (760) 603-6909
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